The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), April 6, 1850

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The First Propeller. - In looking among the lake craft the other day, we were not a little surprised, to be told that the first Propeller ever built in this country was before us. The "Vandalia" was set afloat about eight years since; and had per Propellers attached by Mr. Doolittle, from a description which he had read in some English scientific publication. This original craft is still a firm vessel, and is in constant, active use, and promises yet to do good service for her ingenious owner. Propellers have become most important craft for lake navigation, especially for vessels trading from ports on Lake Ontario to the upper lakes. They are the only steam craft which can pass through the Welland Canal.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), April 6, 1850